Detectives with the City of Bennettsville Police Department made an arrest Thursday morning in a 2018 double homicide.
Police Chief Kevin Miller announced in a press conference Thursday that new developments in the 2018 homicides of Danny Ray Goins Jr. and Jimmy Allen Tyndall Jr. led to the arrest of Devonte Maurice Malachi. The murders took place on Aug. 15, 2018 on Crosland Street.
Malachi was charged with two counts of first degree murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
Miller noted Malachi was recently charged with the homicide of Eric Christopher Canty, which took place on June 20 on Sunny Bank Street. He was already in custody when charged with the double homicide.
“These victims are more than just a case number to us,” Miller said. “These are real people with real families and real friends. We understand we have a duty to solve these crimes.”
The Bennettsville Police Department spent hundreds of hours following up leads, interviewing people and processing crime scenes to solve the murders, he said.
“At no time did we ever give up on this case,” Miller said. “There may have been some times we had a lack of cooperation or evidence but we never did give up.”
It was that determination that allowed them to eventually make the subsequent arrest for the double homicide.
Miller added he couldn’t get into specifics of what evidence has come about or witnesses.
“We feel very confident about our case,” he said.
“The Bennettsville Police Department will continue to be vigilant and proactive toward violent crime. We will not tolerate any kind of criminal acts, especially when it comes to taking the life of another person, as long as I am here.” He admitted the detectives gave 110 percent to solve the case.
“I want the public to know they should feel safe and they should feel relieved that a dangerous person is off the street,” Miller said.
Police officials said it has been a long year for them to try and solve the case.
“Hard work and dedication did pay off,” he said. “I commend the detectives for their hard work and dedication. Their unrelenting pursuit of the truth in the double homicide is what helped solve it.”
Miller added their hearts and condolences go out to all three of the victims and their families.
“I want them to know that we’re here for them,” he said. “They’ve lost loved ones and that is something they can never get back. But they can get some satisfaction knowing someone will be brought to justice for the loss of their loved ones.”